• shareshare
  • link
  • cite
  • add
Powered by OpenAIRE graph
Found an issue? Give us feedback
auto_awesome_motion View all 2 versions
Publication . Report . 2020

Observing Networks initial Assessment

Johannes Karstensen; George Petihakis; Vicente Fernandez;
Open Access
Published: 30 Oct 2020
Publisher: EuroSea
Country: Germany

Report on assessment of the EuroSea observational (and thematic) networks coordination This Deliverable serves to present the initial situation, in terms of coordination, of the observation and thematic networks in EuroSea represented in work package 3 (WP3). The networks include the networks represented in EuroGOOS and additional ones. The study is based on a comprehensive questionnaire that was answered by all EuroSea WP3 tasks. In addition, information from the Global Observing Networks of GOOS was considered. An important basis for the questionnaire was the list of "Network Attributes, Commitment and Benefits -What it means to be an OPA network" which was compiled by the Observation coordination group (OCG) of GOOS. This deliverable is linked to the deliverable D3.10 that will repeat the assessment at the end of the EuroSea project to assess the evolution of the coordination over the period of the EuroSea project. The present study shows that the observation and thematic networks in EuroSea all have highly developed coordination mechanism elements, except for task 3.7 - ASV, which represents a new network to be established. Given the spectrum of coordination themes and envisioned targets significant heterogeneity across the networks is also evident. The coordination of ship-based observations is not fully represented in EuroSea (and thus in EuroGOOS) and ideally this task should have been divided into research vessels and commercial vessels (container ships, ferries) but as it stands currently is dominated by one technology only (Ferrybox). This reflects the situation in EuroGOOS. For the thematic networks it is interesting to note that the observatories that are operated in task 3.8 (Augmented observatories) are not represented in the observational networks (task 3.1-3.7). The assessment presented in this deliverable has its focus on the status quo. It does not question or analyze the necessity for individuals, institutions and countries to be represented in a network - “Why should individuals, institutions or countries feel a need or a motivation to engage with the networks?”. It seems logical that networks are only founded, maintained and developed when individuals see an advantage in their involvement in a network – for themselves, their institution or a country. The "characteristics" of the apparent advantage of contributing to a network is likely of central importance. For example, if the advantage is only that there are no disadvantages (e.g. fines), a further development and improvement of the network is questionable. This important investigation of the motivation of individuals will be part of final assessment prepared in D3.10.

Powered by OpenAIRE graph
Found an issue? Give us feedback
Funded by
EC| EuroSea
Improving and Integrating European Ocean Observing and Forecasting Systems for Sustainable use of the Oceans
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 862626
  • Funding stream: H2020 | IA
Related to Research communities
European Marine Science